Pak Army kills 751 militants, loses 29 soldiers in Swat

May 12th, 2009 - 7:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Rawalpindi, May 12 (ANI): The Pakistani Army has so far killed 751 militants and lost 29 security men in operation Raah-e-Haq, which is underway in Swat and other parts of the Malakand division against the Taliban.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Athar Abbas on Tuesday gave updates of the ongoing operation, and said the security forces have accomplished significant achievements.

He further said the images and videos of the dead militants would be released on Wednesday.

Major General Abbas said the army’s heliborne troops landed in Peochar, a key Taliban stronghold in the northwest district of Swat. Militants’ hideouts were destroyed in Baba Ziarat area and some arrests were also made, he added.

Four security personnel lost their lives in militants’ attacks on the Kanju Police Station and Kilay while four militants were killed in Imam Dheri, The News reported.

Major General Athar Abbas said the army is setting up hospitals and camps for the IDPs coming from the battle zones and so far 1.3 million people have migrated. In this connection, services of NADRA are being used, he added.

He said Ibn-e-Aql, brother of Ibn-e-Umer, has been killed in the ongoing operation and added that no information has been received of any significant foreign militant’s presence.

The ISPR Chief said the military is abstaining from using helicopters for carrying out offensives to avoid collateral damage and main focus is on ground operation.

Major General Abbas said the militants have planted land mines on roads and ground in Mingora and Swat. (ANI)

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